As the snow melts (finally!), our thoughts turn to heading into the great outdoors – and all the great new stuff we’ll need to enjoy it. There's tons of gear coming out in the next few months and we’ve already run in, hiked with, rode on, drove in, listened to and played with most of it. In fact, our team of nearly two-dozen testers has been using (and abusing) all the new offerings to come up with this list of the very best stuff.
Contributors: Matt Berical, John Brandon, Berne Broudy, Ezra Dyer, Greg Emmanuel, Michael Frank, Tobey Grumet, Jason Heaton, James Martin, Dan Nelson, Seth Porges, Carl Rose, Doug Schnitzspahn, Josh Sens, Jeremy Spencer, Ryan Stuart, Erik Sofge, Basem Wasef
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed
The Sierra Designs Backcountry Bed isn't just the most dramatic redesign of the sleeping bag in years – it's also the most comfortable. The 800-fill bag is zipperless. You simply slip into an oval opening and pull the attached cover-quilt around you. It's a welcome change: Whether sleeping on your side, back, or chest, you'll appreciate the warmth and coziness. The bag comes in two-season (rated to 30 degrees) and three-season (rated to 15 degrees) models. [From $350; sierradesigns.com]